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[Sydney, New South Wales Escapade with HTC EVO 3D] – Sunrise, Fine Dining, Harley Ride and Surfing at Bondi

By alvinology, October 27, 2011 10:22 am

The third day of my Sydney escapade with HTC EVO 3D, hosted by Destination New South Wales, started really early at 5am (2am, Singapore time).

We were up early as we wanted to catch the sunrise at the gorgeous Bondi Beach.

Bondi Beach is a popular 1 km beach in New South Wales, located 7 km east of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of Waverley Council, in the Eastern Suburbs. Bondi, North Bondi and Bondi Junction are neighbouring suburbs.

The beach is popular for surfing, beach volleyball and other sea sports.

When we arrived at Bondi Beach, the sky was still pitch black. Willy quickly scouted for the perfect location to capture the sunrise while Eunice and I leeched off his hard work.

The sky was still dark when we arrived at Bondi Beach

The sky was still dark when we arrived at Bondi Beach

I chose this spot to await sunrise

I chose this spot to await sunrise

Can you spot Eunice in her preferred sunrise position?

Can you spot Eunice in her preferred sunrise position?

Sleepy head

Sleepy head

With our cameras all positioned and ready, we got ourselves comfortably settled as we waited for the sun to rise, enjoying the serenity of the gentle lapping waves and soft sea breeze blowing into our faces.

Gradually, the sky bursted into a spectrum of colours from blue to purple to orange. This was reflected onto the glistering water and sand on Bondi Beach. The view was inexplicably magnificent.

It was worth the while to wake up early for this.

Here’s a 3D video I took of the Bondi sunrise with my HTC EVO 3D:


The magnificent sun rise at Bondi Beach

The magnificent sunrise at Bondi Beach

The sunrise was so beautiful I just had to take multiple shots

The sunrise was so beautiful I just had to take multiple shots

Mr Sun is fully exposed and smiling

Mr Sun is fully exposed and smiling

And the sky was lit

And the sky was lit

Love the sound of the lapping waves

Love the sound of the lapping waves

Even when the sun was barely up, people were already flocking to Bondi Beach

Even when the sun was barely up, people were already flocking to Bondi Beach

We will have our lunch here later in the day

We will have our lunch here later in the day

After sunrise, Eunice, Willy and Duglass took the scenic Bondi to Bronte coast walk. I have done the walk on my previous visit to Bondi with Rachel and hence opted to wait for them in a nice little public shed, catching up a little on my sleep.

Bronte Beach

Bronte Beach

Bronte Park

Bronte Park

Early morning Bondi jogger

Early morning Bondi jogger

Early morning Bondi surfers

Early morning Bondi surfers

A small sculpture

A small sculpture

When we assembled again, it was time for breakfast at Swell Restaurant. Swell is a cafe /restaurant establishment, popular with the Bondi locals.

Swell restaurant

Swell restaurant

Willy and Eunice making friend

Willy and Eunice making friend

We were up since 5am in the morning, but these two look surprisingly fresh!

We were up since 5am in the morning, but these two look surprisingly fresh!

Swell was a great place for people watching. We witnessed many regulars popping in and out for their breakfast, making friendly banters with the staff like old friends. Many brought their pet dogs or their children along.

Pets are allowed at Swell, but only outside

Pets are allowed at Swell, but only outside

Restaurant interior

Restaurant interior

I love the clean, modern restaurant setting, infused with homeliness through the bond forged with the locals.

I ordered a roast pumpkin, fetta and spinach with poached eggs on turkish toast, one of their evergreen signature dish together with their egg benedict which Eunice ordered.

The sweetness of the roast pumpkin blends well with the freshly toasted bread and poached eggs. I thoroughly enjoyed my breakfast, downing it with a glass of juice.

My lovely breakfast

My lovely breakfast

Willy ordered their signature pancake

Willy ordered their signature pancake

Eunice had egg benedict, another of Swell's breakfast favourite

Eunice had egg benedict, another of Swell's breakfast favourite

Duglass' order

Duglass' order

Soothing juices

Soothing juices for Willy and I

Cappuccino for Eunice the coffee addict

Cappuccino for Eunice the coffee addict

We also ordered a plate of fresh muesli and fruit salad to share.

Love this bowl of freshly toasted museli

Love this bowl of freshly toasted muesli

Fresh fruit salad

Fresh fruit salad

While Singaporeans love our supper, Sydneysiders love their breakfast just as much, operating on a healthier biological clock, rising early and sleeping early.

After the hearty breakfast, we were treated to a harley tour round Bondi with the Harley-Davidson bikers from the Sydney HOG Chapter.

No, Willy and Duglass are not in trouble, these three are our harley riders

No, Willy and Duglass are not in trouble, these three are our harley riders

We will be riding pillion on these bad boys

We will be riding pillion on these bad boys

Willy's rider posing for us

Willy's rider posing for us

The attention grabbing skull mask guy

The attention grabbing skull mask guy

The skull guy without his mask is not so scary

The skull guy without his mask is not so scary

Posers...

Posers...

Willy quickly snapping a shot with the HTC EVO 3D before we flag off

Willy quickly snapping a shot with the HTC EVO 3D before we flag off

The bikers are the central of attraction wherever they went. People were always curious about their showy leather jackets and loud, shiny bikes. Eunice’s rider was even wearing a skull mask to add to the bling factor. You just can’t miss these guys on the street!

I find the harley tour an interesting way to get around Sydney for sightseeing, definitely a vastly different experience from the usual tour buses. Friendly strangers will wave at you as you ride past, some would even extend you a hearty smile and greeting.

A video I took while riding pillion:


Riding around Bondi

Riding around Bondi

Phoenix Hotel

Phoenix Hotel

Attention grabbing everywhere we go

Attention grabbing everywhere we go

My biker told me this was where he comes to pick up girls when he was younger

My biker told me this was where he comes to pick up girls when he was younger

We took a short break at this lookout point

We took a short break at this lookout point

Willy chatting with our three harley riders

Willy chatting with our three harley riders

Love this jacket

Love this jacket

I am so unconvincing as a Harley rider....

I am so unconvincing as a Harley rider....

Me with my harley biker

Me with my harley biker

Everyone wants a picture with the skull man

Everyone wants a picture with the skull man

After enjoying our flashy ride around Bondi with the harley dudes, we were headed for our first ever surfing lesson for all three of us.

The weather was a little breezy. Willy, Eunice and I were initially worried about this as we are not used to sports in the cold, coming from tropical Singapore. Duglass assured us that the wet suit would take care of the wind and that once we started exercising, we won’t feel the cold at all. She was right.

Coldness was the least of our concern during our crash course on surfing with the sole surf school operator at Bondi, Let’s Go Surfing Bondi Surf School. Attempting to surf within an hour was more than enough to keep our minds and bodies occupied.

Let's Go Surfing Bondi Surf School

Let's Go Surfing Bondi Surf School

Surf Conditions: Fully Sick!

Surf Conditions: Fully Sick!

The three of us with our cool surfing coach (all surfing images provided by Let's Go Surfing)

The three of us with our cool surfing coach (all surfing images provided by Let's Go Surfing)

Learning how to balance on the surfboard (all surfing images provided by Let's Go Surfing)

Learning how to balance on the surfboard

Posers spotted!

Posers spotted!

Surfing is really difficult! I have a bad sense of balance due to an inborn Ear-Nose-Throat condition. Balance is of utmost importance in surfing. You need to get yourself onto the surfboard, balancing against the unforgiving waves. For obvious reason, I failed miserably.

We were all exhausted after just trying to ride the waves a few times

We were all exhausted after just trying to ride the waves a few times

Learning to stand

Learning to stand

The surf coach was real patient though. Great guy with a wide smile. In the end, only Willy managed to stand up and ride the wave for a bit while Eunice and I were left hanging in shame. Nonetheless, the experience was great and I would definitely try it again if I revisit Bondi.

Willy Foo was our saving grace from eternal shame

Willy Foo was our saving grace from eternal shame

... till he bumped in Eunice a few seconds later

... till he bumped in Eunice a few seconds later

Parting shot

Parting shot

After our exercises, we were ready for a sumptuous lunch at Iceberg Dining Room and Bar. This restaurant is world famous and is frequented by celebrities. Lovely Laura from Destination New South Wales joined us for lunch.

Eunice and I outside Iceberg with Laura

Eunice and I outside Iceberg with Laura

Iceberg reception area

Iceberg reception area

The beef menu came in a leather bound book

The beef menu came in a leather bound book

Hungry...

Hungry...

My juicy vension steak lunch

My juicy vension steak lunch

Eunice's lunch

Eunice's lunch

Duglass' lunch which looks real spicy but isn't

Duglass' lunch which looks real spicy but isn't

Willy and I ordered the venison steak while Eunice had a baked ocean trout for her main. We also ordered a couple of sides to go around.

“Carne Cruda Battuta di Vitello”

“Carne Cruda Battuta di Vitello” - Raw Dice of Milk Fed Veal, Beaten Until Tender,Pickled Mushrooms, Chives, Pecorino Sardo, Toasted Crostini with Truffle Butter

Steamed Spanner Crab Removed from it’s Shell

Steamed Spanner Crab Removed from it’s Shell

Fresh salad

Fresh salad

The menu at Iceberg is updated frequently. Hence don’t be surprise if you can’t find the items we ordered during your next visit.

Do pop by Iceberg for lunch if you are in Bondi. It isn’t that expensive for fine dining and you get a great view of Bondi while you eat. Moreover, you just might spot a celebrity or two on a lucky day. Definitely an experience worth paying for. :)

After Bondi, we were headed back to Sydney city for the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb. Yes, the day was still early. Stay tuned!

Useful Links:

HTC Escapade featuring Willy Foo, Eunice Khong and Alvinology

Day 1 – Quad Biking, Sandboarding and 4WD Ride

Day 2 – Horse Riding, Parasailing and Dolphin Watching

Day 2 – Crave Sydney International Food Festival, Fraser Suites, Sydney by Night

Bondi to Bronte Coast Walk

Sydney HOG Chapter (Harley Bike Tour)

Swell Restaurant

Let’s Go Surfing Bondi Surf School

Iceberg Dining Room and Bar

Destination New South Wales

HTC EVO 3D

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